Wahe Guru Ji ka Khalsa, Wahe Guru Ji ki Fateh! As the Minister e-newsletter team pondered the theme for 2019 and the four issues that will comprise this year’s publications, we developed a theme statement:
The current reality of the world—with its perpetuation of negativity—requires the power of the Soul to infuse its light into the Mind. When we are in alignment with the essence of the Soul, we are capable of sustaining our positive mind. This is critical for the manifestation of the Aquarian Age.
Practically, what does this mean? It means drawing on the gifts of our lifestyle, teachings, and the technology of Kundalini Yoga and Shabd Guru in order to remain elevated, connected, hopeful and impactful.
As Sikh Dharma Ministers, we are vital partners in addressing the challenges that present themselves in our own lives, in our families, in our Dharma, in our communities, and in our world. We can shape, direct and manifest what is needed in the present and for the future, by utilizing the gifts we have been given.
You have often heard me speak of our Ministry being comprised of a variety of people with different or unique contributions. Each individual is needed to create the whole. We are distinct from the Judeo-Christian orientation of Ministry. Our strength is in our seva however that manifests. It is also in our ability to foster a positive mind. We have the gift of meditation in a variety of forms. It is through this technology that we can align with our true Self, we can connect with the God essence within and we can rise above the negative influences that challenge us.
It is so easy to fall prey to negativity, to focus on what we don’t want rather than what we do want. Our emotions are our measuring stick. If our thoughts take us to a place that doesn’t feel good, we are likely focused on what we don’t want. If we simply notice that we are thinking in this manner, we can shift to thoughts that feel better and move us towards what we do want.
The mind is an amazing instrument. When we control our mind it is our servant; when our mind controls us, we are its slave. By controlling our breath we can control our mind. The technology we have available to us in our lifestyle is priceless. Now, more than ever, is the time to use it, share it and cherish it. May 2019 be a powerful, transformational and inspirational year for all of us.
Dr. Sat-Kaur Khalsa
Secretary of Religion
THE SECRETARY OF RELIGION
SS Dr. Sat Kaur Khalsa has served as Secretary of Religion since 1991 and was ordained as a Sikh Dharma Minister in 1975. As Secretary of Religion, Dr. Sat Kaur oversees and is ultimately responsible for the delivery of the functions of this Office. Dr. Sat Kaur is a long-time member of the International Khalsa Council and the Khalsa Council Executive Committee. She maintains a full-time psychotherapy private practice in Santa Monica, California and Santa Fe, New Mexico, counseling individuals, couples, and families to support their personal and spiritual growth. She is a certified Kundalini Yoga teacher, a facilitator of White Tantric Yoga®, and a published author.